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Butterworth Natural Area

Open to the Public

The Butterworth Natural Area is a 34.87-acre area with 2,996 feet of shoreline along Squam Lake in Sandwich.

Butterworth Natural Area is a forested area home to many species of wildflowers and other plants, some rare or endangered, and an impressive stand of old hemlocks. The area comprises three parcels of land on Metcalf Point on Squam Lake, which sits across from LRCT’s Jimmy Point Preserve.

Butterworth Natural Area is an integral part of Eastman Cove (formerly known as Sq___ Cove), one of the most beautiful portions of Squam Lake, and features impressive views to the east of Red Hill and other Squam landmarks. Visitors are welcome to take a walk in the woods and enjoy the quiet beauty of the peninsula.

Up until 1990, the forested shores and woodlands were the site of a family camp. Through the generosity of the Miriam and Oliver Butterworth Family, including their four children, Michael, Tim, Dan, and Kate, the land has now returned to a natural state under the stewardship of LRCT. 

The Butterworth family initially donated a 9-acre conservation easement to LRCT. In 1993, the family gifted another nearby 22 acres to LRCT, initiated by a provision in the will of the late Oliver Butterworth. The land was subject to a conservation easement held by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Then, in 1997, a volunteer-driven fund development effort enabled LRCT to purchase an additional 12.17 acres of land on Metcalf Point, which included the 9 acres initially covered by the conservation easement conveyed to LRCT in 1990. The purchase brought the total area conserved to 34.87 acres, with half a mile of unspoiled shore frontage along Squam Lake.

LRCT is incredibly grateful to the Butterworth family and volunteers who helped conserve this beautiful piece of land in perpetuity. 

Preserve Access

Butterworth Natural Area is only accessible by paddling or foot traffic. The closest launch area is the beach launch located on Metcalf Road in Sandwich. The paddle from the beach launch to the natural area is less than 0.5 miles. The area is marked with a kiosk facing the shoreline. 

Please respect the private property of our neighbors. Thank you!

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